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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
English
Housing:
Homestay, Hostel
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Type of Program: Alternative Break
Program Description:

Alternative Break Participant Application

An alternative break is service-learning experience in which students travel to engage in direct-service. These trips are generally a week-long, and occur during spring or summer break. Each trip has a focus on a particular social issue and how it impacts the community. Through exploration and immersion into the social issue long before the trip starts, students are able to interrogate the root causes of social issues in a way that allows them to engage compassionately and think critically. Upon their return, students are encouraged to engage in their own communities through informed, meaningful action. 

We offer five focused on social justice issues as diverse as ecosystem restoration to indigenous rights, homelessness and housing insecurity, public health, education, and more. 


Program Philosophy

As a founding member of Break Away, we infuse our program with the 8 Components of a Quality Alternative Break experience: Strong Direct Service, Education, Orientation, Training, Reflection, Diversity & Social Justice, Full Engagement, and Re-Orientation. Break Away’s continuum of individual development from Volunteer to Active Citizen informs our approach to trip preparation and design, as well as the critical service approach to our work. 


Program Cost

Trip costs are subject to change based on community partner needs, flight costs, and fundraising, but will be very close to the following estimates.
  • Guatemala: $575 (plus airfare)
  • Jamaica: $600 (plus airfare)
  • Stuart, Florida: $200 (plus transport/airfare)
  • Washington, DC: $200 (plus transportation)
  • Camden, NJ: $375 (plus transportation)

Credit Option

For students who wish to deepen their learning, a credit option is available. Through individual inquiry and critical reflection papers, students engage in a closer examination of the implications of their service and the social issues addressed through the trip.

Contact Information

Alternative Break Coordinator

Kalia Harris
kharri23@gmu.edu

 

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2018 10/08/2017 ** Rolling Admission 03/10/2018 03/18/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.